Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Responding to the COVID-Linked Surge

Eating disorders (EDs) are part of the current emergency in children’s mental health, with pandemic-related factors that include social isolation, disrupted routines and excessive screen time. In this guide, Sara M. Buckelew, MD, MPH, debunks myths about which populations get EDs; offers keys to assessing patients and tips on talking to families; and describes inpatient treatment. Learn why pediatricians – who typically seek to reassure parents – may need to raise the alarm instead.

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Sara Buckelew, MD, MPH.

Sara Buckelew, MD, MPH

Adolescent medicine specialist
Director, Eating Disorders Program

Dr. Sara M. Buckelew is a specialist in adolescent medicine and a director of the UCSF Eating Disorders Program. Her focus is on caring for teenagers with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia. In research, she also ...

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